It was a special occasion for Khris Middleton on Monday night. Not only did he help the Milwaukee Bucks take down the Chicago Bulls, 118-109, but in the process, the 32-year-old grabbed the No. 5 spot on the franchise’s all-time scoring list.
Middleton now has 11,559 points to his name, surpassing former All-Star Michael Redd for the fifth most points in Bucks franchise history.
Khris Middleton Makes Milwaukee Bucks History
Naturally, the fans want to know how Giannis Antetokounmpo reacted to his long-time teammate’s most recent milestone. After the game, the Bucks talisman expressed how proud he is of Middleton and how Giannis believes that this is something they will both look back on many years down the road:
“I’m happy for him because I’ve been by his side for 11 years and for many more years to come,” Antetokounmpo said, via Eric Nehm of The Athletic. “It’s something that’s going to connect us for the rest of our lives. When we’re done playing, we can both see our names up there.”
At that moment, Antetokounmpo looked upwards as though he was looking at the numbers “34” and “22” hanging in the rafters next to the rest of the Bucks’ retired jerseys in Fiserv Forum before he continued his thought, “And remember the journey that we had together.”
Giannis and Middleton have been through quite a lot in Milwaukee, with none more significant than the championship they share from their iconic 2021 title run.
It hasn’t always been sunny in Milwaukee, though. They have had their ups and downs as well, which according to Giannis, makes their shared success even more special:
“It’s incredible,” Antetokounmpo said. “It’s incredible. From where we started and where we are right now, it’s been a great journey. I’ve been with this guy for 11 years, I don’t think anybody expected (us) to be in this position that we are today. He’s No. 5 now? He’s probably going to be No. 2. I don’t know if he’s going be No. 1.”
For what it’s worth, Middleton is currently 2,652 points away from the No. 2 spot on the scoring list — an honor that belongs to Hall of Fame big man Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (14,211 points). Antetokounmpo stands alone on the mountaintop with 16,575 points and counting.
Even Middleton would admit that there’s just no touching that record.
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